In an article entitled, “Give Your Body a Boost — With Laughter” and featured on WedMD, author R. Morgan Griffin writes about the physiological benefits of laughter:
- We change physiologically when we laugh. We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues.
- When laughing, blood vessels expand and contract more easily.
- Using humour may raise the level of infection-fighting antibodies in the body and boost the levels of immune cells.
- A study of people with diabetes demonstrated that laughter lowered blood sugar levels.
Griffin goes on to say that the science of laughter is early in its stages, with more studies needed in order to back up its true effects.
Until then, perhaps we can rely on the way laughter makes us feel as our own proof that it does our body good. Laughter opens up the face, produces a warm and welcoming smile; we feel lighter, brighter, connected to others and more relaxed. Sounds like a great prescription to me 🙂
To read the full article: https://www.webmd.com/balance/features/give-your-body-boost-with-laughter#1
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